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From: Siegfried Rambaum <>
Subject: Re: [G-P-L] Brand/Berner/Bach
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2007 20:21:30 -0400
Good evening, Peg;
Don't become a victim of your prejudices.
> I'm not sure that they would have been "Jean"
Why not? Here a few examples of real names found in Alsace:
These are real people. Tell-tale German-origin surnames, mostly French
given names ... with a few German given names, and a few that have the
same spelling in both German and French.
So, why do you think the name would not have been JEAN ?
> although they might have been "Johann",
Actually, there is no reason to expect a boy born in Alsace to come as a
> although the other family names aren't too German either.
You need to think in different categories than Black and White, German or
Non-German. Think Alsatian, which is not really French, and not really
> Alsace is part of France now but a lot of its history and language
> are Germanic.
Psssttt ... *whisper* ..... please look up the meanings of "Germanic"
and "German" in Webster. They are not the same thing. While "German" cer-
tainly falls under "Germanic", not everything "Germanic" is necessarily
"German". It could be Dutch, Danish, Swedish, English, Icelandic, Norwe-
gian, Austrian, ... etc.
Baut back to Jean. Castle Garden has two Jean Bach listed as having emi-
grated from France. And in the time in question, Alsace was France, thus
thos Bachs would have been French citizens and be listed as from France.
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